When a loved one receives a terminal diagnosis, it can set a roller coaster of feelings in motion. From medical opinions to treatment options and realistic perspectives, it can be difficult determining the right solution when you’re overwhelmed.
All too often, we hear families wishing they could’ve kept their loved one at home. Or, that they focused on the quality of their last days versus aggressive treatment. Hospice in Oklahoma is readily available and offers symptom management to help make the patient’s time as pain-free as possible.
In today’s blog, we’ll be exploring five other ways hospice can bring peace and comfort into your loved one’s last days.
1. Living in the Comfort of One’s Home
When curative treatment has been exhausted, the goals shift from finding a cure to improving quality of life. McCortney Family Hospice allows patients and their families to decide where and how to live out their best days. For many, this means the comfort of the patient’s home where family can visit regularly. For others, hospice can also provide care to patients living in an assisted living facility or nursing home.
Regardless of where the patient calls home, families usually encounter a sense of peace in a familiar environment. This allows them time to focus on spending quality time with loved ones with lessened anxiety about treating their medical condition.
2. Restoring a Sense of Dignity
The primary objective of hospice is to relieve the physical, emotional and spiritual suffering that often accompanies terminal illness. Instead of spending energy on finding a treatment, the patient can focus on doing things that will improve their current state and quality of life.
Hospice care helps restore a much-needed sense of dignity and control to its patients by asking where and how they’d like to live out their last days. The hospice team also acts as a liaison between the patient and their family, ensuring that their wishes are being honored.
3. Alleviating the Financial Stress of Medical Bills
Once a patient chooses and enrolls in hospice, almost all the bills related to the care of their terminal diagnoses are paid for by Medicare and/or a combination of Medicare and private health insurance.
Because of this, patients and families can rest knowing they’re receiving a high level of care without the constant stress of how to pay for it. The hospice team also helps arrange medications, medical equipment and supplies. To learn more about how Medicare covers hospice, click here.
4. Accessing Emergency Care When Needed
Hospice physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers and aides work together to manage and provide relief from symptoms like shortness of breath, nausea, fatigue and even anxiety.
Members of the hospice team can also make regular visits to provide skilled patient care. In the case of an emergency, hospice providers are required to have professional staff and nurses on-call to address any medical needs that arise on weekends or after-hours.
5. Providing Emotional and Spiritual Support
Not only do patients experience emotional and spiritual distress, but the terminal illness may also take a toll on their family. Hospice can also include social workers, spiritual care. The team also creates a safe space for family members to talk about their fears, anger and grief. Which, in turn, alleviates their stressors and helps improve the quality of time spent with their loved one.
McCortney Family Hospice is designed to support the physical, emotional and personal aspects of this very difficult life stage. Our team is here to help your loved one and family reflect on their legacy, focus on relationships and achieving a sense of closure.
To learn more about our hospice services, we encourage you to reach out to us at (405) 360-2400 in Norman or (580) 332-6900 at our Ada location.
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